Saving calories for dinner?

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MGreen22

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Posted: 02 Jul 2010, 07:54
So, I do very well with keeping my RDI calories under or around the # recommended by Fat Secret, but I find that I hoard my calories until dinner time.

For example, I'll eat very light breakfasts & lunches (meal bars, protein shakes, fruit, etc.) and then save my remaining 900 or so calories to have something "bad" for dinner, like pizza or a fish fry, typically because it's the fastest/easiest/cheapest option.

My question is, although I'm keeping my caloric intake at the recommended level, do you think this will keep me from shedding those last stubborn 5 lbs. by having 1 "bad" meal a day?
Nodaa

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Posted: 02 Jul 2010, 08:17
Same thing in here. Sometimes, i save my calories when i know i am going to spend time with family or friend outside home. However, i keep myself choosing healthy choices.
Brooke2713

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Posted: 02 Jul 2010, 08:36
Same boat here! I'm even guilty of hoarding calories for alcohol! I think the trick is only doing it every so often!
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highxflyer

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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 20:14
I hoard for dinner as well. I'm not much of a breakfast person but I know that I need to eat something so I'll actually lose weight. So I'll eat a light breakfast. Lunch is usually a bit bigger than breakfast. Dinner is the biggest meal for me. However I never go above my calories and I did do pretty OK.
DaBrat

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Posted: 03 Jul 2010, 20:28
Initially I was guilty of the same thing but found myself starving through the day. So what I wound up doing was having a big breakfast then estimating what I might have for dinner and putting that into my planer (Glad I have this thing on my phone I can update as I put it in). It lets me know throughout the day if I was getting close to my max. Funny thing, after eating a big breakfast and having lots of light snacks through the day, I can't eat near as much for dinner!

One thing I also do as far as hoarding calories for dinner, since I know I like to eat, by estimating what I am having (as close as I can get to planning) if gives me some idea of how much exercise I need to add to what I planned. Was planning on Cheddars today but wound up eating half of a low cal sub so I overestimated.

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DaBrat

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Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 07:17
Thanks so much!!!
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Smuzza

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Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 09:28
I found that when I was trying to lose weight the way you are describing (saving cals for naughty dinners) it totally didn't work for me. Just remember the fat content of those types of meals too. Will not help one bit to shift those stubborn last 5 pounds.
karbear45

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Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 10:26
Someone once said: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince & dinner like a pauper. This allows you to burn the calories during the day, rather than only have a few hours before you sleep.

I find that if I eat the larger breakfast, my lunch is much smaller, and I have better portion control at dinner, which is still the biggest meal. Of course it depends to on what I'm having. If it's something I really like . . .

Also even though we are staying within calories range, it still has to be the right source of calories for it to work. Maybe one "bad" dinner per week, but not everyday would be a better option for you.
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prophecygirl...

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Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 10:48
Sometimes I eat breakfast, Sometimes I don't. Usually when I'm at home I'll at least have a bagel or a small bowl of cereal. However, When I spend the night at my boyfriends house I tend to not eat breakfast. I'm not really sure why. Normally I have a big breakfast, small lunch, and a medium dinner. I like to start my day off with a big hearty breakfast...when I actually eat it. Razz
sheripickle

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 11:45
I do the same thing...light breakfast, little bigger lunch, generally a snack or two in between and a larger dinner with a snack in the evening...works for me! lost over 70 pounds this way Smile
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gregthegroov...

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 14:03
In Europe and alot of parts in the world, they eat their biggestm eals of the day earlier such as lunch. Here in America, dinner is king. America is overweight due to excess calories and lack of exercise. Im not sure the bigger dinner has anything to do with it but I just watch my calories on a whole level. I really dont care when they come really.
LadyAng

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 16:02
I try to have a bigger breakfast or lunch. Sometimes, if I know I'm going to eat something that's pretty big for dinner, I'll eat a lighter breakfast/lunch. Generally, I find myself overeating dinners because I'm eating too little during the day.
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MAWinniford

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 16:41
I don't eat big dinners every day, but sometimes when I splurge (like a party the night before), I make do with toast & coffee for breakfast. I keep remembering all the food from the night before and keep from eating.
tehrin

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 18:17
Sometimes I don't really have time for a big breakfast in the morning. It's honestly usually some oatmeal or cereal. Lunch is a bit bigger, and dinner is usually the biggest. Although lunch can sometimes be bigger than dinner if I don't eat out. When I get home from work, I want to eat a lot since I'm usually pretty hungry if I didn't snack on my break. But I usually confine it to healthier options that are easier to make. Smile
4theking

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Posted: 05 Jul 2010, 18:41
karbear45 wrote:
Someone once said: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince & dinner like a pauper. This allows you to burn the calories during the day, rather than only have a few hours before you sleep.



Also even though we are staying within calories range, it still has to be the right source of calories for it to work. Maybe one "bad" dinner per week, but not everyday would be a better option for you.



This is a total myth. I eat my largest meal 30 minutes before bed and don't eat breakfast and have had great results.

It can be junk food and still work in a weight loss sense. If you are wanting to be lean and muscular than you would want the right ratios of protein regardless of when you eat.
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